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5. What to wear? Think light and loose. Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing. Light colors reflect heat and dark colors absorb it. Dresses are the perfect summer cool-down. They allow air circulation and are less binding. Don't think of your maternity dress as a tent ... think tropical, flowing muu-muu!

6. Splash around in the kiddie pool! If you don't already have little ones, go ahead and get a pool anyway. You'll certainly be using it next summer. Even sitting under a shady tree and dipping your feet while relaxing with a good book will bring your temperature down. No kiddie pool? Put on your bathing suit and have fun running through the sprinklers.

7. Meditate. Turn off all the lights, get comfortable, close your eyes and think cool, peaceful thoughts.

8. Eat out. When the temperature rises, and you don't have air conditioning, it can feel wonderful to grab your partner, get in the car and drop by your favorite (cool) restaurant. No cooking to heat up the kitchen and you, and no dish washing. All in all, a nice start to a relaxing night.

9. Create a personal retreat. Stock up on books from the local library (another cool spot), load the CD player with music, make a big pitcher of juice, mixed with sparkling water, turn the air up high and claim the day for yourself.

10. No air conditioning? Make your own! Fill a bowl with ice and place it in front of your fan. Or, make an icy neck wrap. Place ice cubes in a wet hand towel or wash cloth and place it on the back of your neck. Gently rub the cloth up and down your neck ... ahh. Icy bliss!


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